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MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ: Substance abuse and drug addiction is a national epidemic. Locally our youth are dying at staggering numbers... It may seem so out of control that think you can't make a difference, but you can.

Hazlet's Hope Network (HHN) is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to recovery in our community. HHN is celebrating two years of helping numerous families in the Bayshore and throughout Monmouth County who are suffering from addiction. HHF is committed to healing the person who wants to overcome addiction, guiding them and supporting them and their family through the journey of recovery.  

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When you support HHN you are supporting families right in your own community who desperately need your help. You can help save a life. You can make a difference. You can support HHF by attending their annual event, on October 23, 2019, 6pm-10pm at The Addison in Keyport, NJ.  

 It is well known that drug addiction is an epidemic across the country and intervention and treatment for addiction are key to turning lives around.  According to statistics, New Jersey has an opioid addiction crisis like no other state.  In 2017 Monmouth County alone had 472 Narcan deployments, tragically 36 were unsuccessful. Families everywhere are affected, destroyed, trying to cure an often deadly disease that there is no quick and easy cure for.

See powerful video testimony here of how local law enforcement is working with Hazlet's Hope Foundation to help guide those suffering with the disease of drug addiction to a path of recovery:

One mom whose son suffered greatly from drug addiction is Hazlet resident Laura O'Hara. Her son Philip Michael O'Hara hit rock bottom with his drug addiction, and survived with intervention and treatment. Mother and son are on a mission to help others have the chance of recovery that their family has had. Laura O'Hara along with Jim DiNardo, Angelo DeRosa, Thomas Furlong, Ellen Edward, Robert Nucci, Vincent Solomeno and Scott Whalen, are on the founding board of Hazlet's Hope Network.

The Honorees at last year's event were: Margaret Hernandez, Sheriff Shaun Golden, Prosecuter Christopher J. Gramiccioni and Chief Philip E. Meehan. They were all recognized for their dedication to raising awareness and promoting treatment and recovery paths for those coping with addiction. 

Event Honoree Sheriff Shaun Golden complimented the great work of Hazlet's Hope Network, mentioning, "It takes the 'proverbial village' to make a difference with the staggering statistics... 25% of the population in Monmouth County will somehow be touched with this disease (addiction)...the mission is to help those that are addicted..."  

Hazlet's Hope Network operates a 24 hour a day, 7 days a week crisis line for those that are addicted and their families who are in need of assistance. That number is 732.739.7717.  Hazlet's Hope Network's volunteer certified recovery coaches use peer to peer based intervention to treat and overcome addiction. The organization's objective is to support the person seeking change and those that love them. They provide assistance and guidance towards healthy change to get them on the path to long term recovery.   Visit them online-click here.